We are what we eat. We typically think we eat relatively healthy until we really examine our diets and see what we eat each day. You may already have a good diet, but there are indeed some surprising ways to add more nutrition to your diet that can boost your long-term health.
Be Mindful When Eating
Overeating healthy food is a perfect example of the idea of “too much of a good thing.” You may be asking yourself, “Wait a minute! We still have to watch our food intake even though we’re eating healthily?” Healthy foods can benefit your mind and body in numerous ways, but you may experience the opposite effect if you eat too much of it.
A great way to balance your meal portions is to use smaller plates; this tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating more than you are. In addition, as you eat, be sure to eat slowly and mindfully. Eating slowly allows your stomach to catch up to your mind. Chances are, you’ll feel full after one plateful rather than getting seconds out of habit. Experts also recommend eating without watching television, as it distracts us from our plates and encourages us to eat more than we should.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
Fast-food restaurants have made it incredibly easy for customers to get their meals—almost too easy. In fact, they’ve now made it possible for us to go on our phones and order food with the touch of a button. This marketing tactic is a great way to tempt us away from our kitchens.
Cooking your own food is a fun hobby that promotes a healthier diet, as you know exactly what’s going into your meal. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to grilled chicken and broccoli every day. You can find lots of innovative ways to spice up your meals and try new things.
A person may avoid healthy eating because their produce tends to spoil rather quickly, so they don’t see a point in buying something that will decay if they don’t eat it right away. A great way to prevent this from happening is to buy frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen foods retain their vitamins and minerals—in fact, fresh produce loses its nutrients over time, decreasing the nutritional value of your meal. Buy frozen produce, and you’ll immediately boost your nutrition!
Add More Seaweed
You may be surprised to learn that edible seaweed exists. There are different types of edible seaweed that you can add to your meal for more nutrition. Seaweed is known as the “bacon of the sea” because it looks and tastes like bacon—except it’s much healthier, with numerous vitamins and antioxidants. You can add seaweed to your eggs, salads, and stews for bonus nutrition.
Eating healthily can be tricky, but with these surprising ways to add more nutrition to your diet, your body will thank you for giving it the nutrition it needs!